By Lena Hardisty
At this year’s Homecoming dance, two students arrived bearing a 3 feet by 5 feet Japanese imperial flag on an 8 foot pole. The students were dressed in replica Japanese military uniforms and walked around the gym posing for photos with other MIHS students. MIHS staff were present at the dance to monitor students, but the flag-bearing students were allowed to enter and leave without question.
Continue reading “Why Was There a Hate Symbol at Homecoming?”
By the Editorial Board
In stark contrast to last year’s Flag Dudes, this year’s crew has gone above and beyond to promote positive school spirit at games and assemblies. The key to their success? A newfound sense of inclusivity present in their performances and cheers.
Continue reading “Flag Dudes: Keep It Up!”
By Tahssya Avant
Your friend has been working on his Homecoming ask for over a week — buying the flowers, making the sign, even practicing how to ask in the mirror. You’ve never seen him talk to the girl he’s asking (okay, maybe once, in seventh grade) but you know that he really likes her, so you encourage him. After all of his preparations, the day finally comes. He makes his move: “Will you go to Homecoming with me?”
Continue reading “You Can’t Say No to a Homecoming Ask, Right?”
By Grady Short
After several rallies and rounds of negotiations, the Mercer Island Education Association (MIEA) is set to vote on a potential district-wide strike Sept. 4, the day before school starts. This decision, if it must be made, would represent a failing on the part of the Mercer Island School District to adequately compensate its employees. Continue reading “School District Should Agree to Union Demands”
By Maya Virdell
As finals come to an end, stress about grades and GPAs are at an all-time high. Students desperately email their teachers, hoping for bumps or miraculously dropped tests and assignments. A whole year spent studying and losing sleep over mere letters and numbers finally comes to its close. Continue reading “More than just a GPA”
By Grady Short
This year at MIHS, there’s been a noticeable decline in spirit. Sports games are quiet, assemblies are tame and the Flag Dudes get a fraction of the cheers they used to receive. In general, there seems to be a sense of apathy among the student body. Yet I’m glad that at least some students are doing their part to promote spirit.
Continue reading “Bring Back the Spirit!”
By Joy Francke, Annie Poole and Maya Virdell
At Mercer Island High School, the sophomores are often referred to as “the worst class.” As 10th graders, we decided to delve into the reasonings of this harrowing claim and most importantly explain why it is is undeniably false.
Continue reading “Sophomores Embody the MIHS Motto”
By Grady Short
Fellow friends, students, and possibly voting-age Kansas residents —
Once more, I find myself writing an editorial in the newspaper, and once more, I’m doing so to force an agenda on the entire school body. But this time, it’s personal. Continue reading “Kansas Deserves a Strong Leader, but it’s Getting Me Instead”
By Walt McKelvie
Affirmative Action at its best is a temporary, necessary unfairness meant to end centuries of systematic oppression and inequality. It is a sad necessity to bridge the educational and financial gaps between different races, and to ending racial stereotypes. This is why affirmative action programs helping groups facing race-based discrimination, particularly blacks and Hispanics, is a good thing. Continue reading “When is Affirmative Action Justified in College Admissions?”
By Ellie Gottesman and Grady Short
After yet another unimaginably tragic school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida, government officials and stable geniuses on the right have finally resolved to stop the killing of more innocent children. Continue reading “Tackling America’s School Shooting Epidemic: Can’t We Just Give Everyone Firearms or Something?”